Malcolm Corrie Powell (1863-1913) from the Workshop of Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barsley
Lot 451
Malcolm Corrie Powell (1883-1913), attributed to the Workshop of Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley
Sold for £4,935 (US$ 8,181) inc. premium
Lot Details
Furniture
Malcolm Corrie Powell (1883-1913), attributed to the Workshop of Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley
An oak breakfront bookcase, circa 1902, the upper section enclosed by four bar glazed doors with arched upper panes, the base with three raised panel drawers above four twin panel doors on a plinth base, with numerous exposed joints, the whole fitted with twelve decorative brass handles, 229.5cm high, 145cm wide, 38cm deep.

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Footnotes

  • Malcolm Corrie Powell was at Sapperton between October 1902 and November 1904.

    This bookcase is probably one of the very early pieces Malcolm made, being slightly cruder than the normal output of the Gimson/Barnsley Workshop, but with typical design and construction details.

    Malcolm had taught at Bedales School where another brother, Oswald, was co-founder. He gave up teaching and joined his brother, Alfred, who was already at Pinbury by 1901, having moved into the area, renting a house at Edgeworth. Form here he walked over to Pinbury to work at his pole-lathe, making chairs to Gimson's designs. It was at this point that Gimson and Barnsley surrendered their lease at Pinbury and moved to Sapperton.

    Alfred Powell renovated an old farm cottage at Far Oakridge and was joined by Malcolm in 1903. There is a record of a simple oak chest made by Malcolm and decorated by Alfred for their brother Edgar at around this time.

    There is no doubt that Malcolm worked alongside Sidney Barnsley. Malcolm joined Barnsley for a short period early on and they found an arrangement that suited them - 'each man working separately at his own bench on his own piece', Annette Carruthers, Edward Barnsley and His Workshop.

    By November 1904, Malcolm seems to have been working on his own account from Oakridge Farm, finally forced to give up in 1911 through ill health, he died in 1913, he subsequently took on an apprentice cabinet-maker, one John Thompson, an Old Bedalian from 1912 until Malcolm's death in 1913.

    This bookcase stood at the entrance to Roger Powell's bindery and contained the family books, archive and bound letters.
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